2020 Summer Enrichment, ONLINE!

Though current quarantine conditions may have changed our world, we are here to persevere. We are continuing Piper’s mission to present free professional theatre, provide opportunities for emerging artists, and create a nurturing and exciting education program.

We are excited to offer Piper Enrichment Online Workshops for children, led by experienced educators and supported by professional web administrators and audio engineers. All classes will be held remotely and will replace the workshops previously scheduled for this summer.

Ages 8 – 16

Two-Week Workshops
Monday through Friday

Hours vary according to workshop. Details and start dates below.

In order to maintain an intimate and personal experience for the children, all classes will be limited in size. All classes and performances will be held remotely.

Registration is on a first come basis, with preference given to families previously registered for Summer 2020.

Registration by June 10 for current families. Registration will open to the community June 11.

Deposits for 2020 summer workshops may be credited towards 2020 Piper Enrichment Online, applied to 2021 programming, refunded, or all or part may be considered a charitable contribution – for which we are deeply thankful during these challenging times.

Scholarship requests to Nora Keane at nora@pipertheatre.org

Parents/guardians must attend the Zoom Parent Orientation. At that time, teachers will communicate with families about daily meeting schedules, individual coaching, technical needs, and rehearsal times in depth.




Billy Ragamatag and the Shadow Carnival
Ages 12 – 16
Tuition $600

Orientation Session 1: Monday, June 22 at 6 pm 
Orientation Session 2: Monday, June 22 at 7 pm

Session 1: July 6 – 17 – THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL
Session 2: July 27 – Aug 7- THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

Limit 12 students

Join veteran Piper leaders Ryan Michele Woods, Rob Parker (connecting from England!) and writer John McEneny on a brand new musical adventure about a mysterious boy who gets lost in a 19th century freak show.

Students will immerse themselves in voice acting, musical technique and private vocal coaching; explore podcasts and audio performances; learn new songs; and develop a world premiere musical. Each session will culminate in a Piper AudioMusical, edited and mixed by an industry professional and premiered as a podcast on iTunes and other streaming platforms.

Lucky Girl
Ages 11 to 15
Tuition $600

Orientation Session 1 : June 23 at 6 pm
Orientation Session 2 : June 23 at 7 pm

Session 1: July 6 – 17- ONLY TWO OPENINGS AVAILABLE!
Zoom performance July 17 at 7 pm

Session 2: July 27 – Aug 7- THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL
Zoom performance Aug 7 at 7 pm

Limit 12 students

Join Piper veteran Meredith Hackett and composer Mark A. Galinovsky as they team up once again for an original fantastical musical.

This spunky piece follows an unlucky girl named Lucky McHickey. Cursed with bad luck her entire life, Lucky thinks nothing about throwing away the mysterious chain letter she receives in the mail, stepping on that crack, and adopting a strange black cat from the mysterious fortune teller. Is there someone to blame or is life a game of chance? Let’s find out together.

Students will immerse themselves in intense vocal and dramatic work. They will receive group instruction as well as small group coaching as they build the world of this original musical online. The work will culminate with a live world premiere on the internet.



Blaze Beckett! A Piper Audio Play THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL
Ages 11 – 14
Tuition $500

Orientation: June 24 at 7 pm

One Session: July 13 – 24

Limit 12 students

A Space Adventure! In the spirit of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, Blaze Beckett is the heroine the world needs to defend us from a mysterious super-villain bent on the destruction of our planet! Directed by Lindsey Sproul and sound engineered by J. Alex Huerta. 

Students rehearse together remotely to record this original radio drama about dangerous planets, bizarre alien monsters, and intergalactic romance. The play is designed as a podcast that can be recorded from home. Children will hone their acting skills as they learn about foley skills, sound effects, and scoring.



Ages 9 – 11
Tuition $500

Orientation Sessions 1 and 2: June 24 at 6 pm

Session 1: Winter’s Tale July 6 – 17
Performance July 17 at 3 pm

Session 2: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: July 20 – 31
Performance July 31 at 3 pm

Limit 7 students

Justin Ivan Brown returns with an introduction to A Winter’s Tale and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Daily activities include vocal work, movement, monologue study, verbal games, history, and monologue performances for students interested in an introduction to the Bard. Tuition includes a supply box to be picked up by parents prior to the start of the workshop.



Ages 8 – 9
Tuition $500

Orientation: June 24 at 3 pm

One Session: July 13 – 24

Limit 7 students

Join this workshop if you want to bring your imagination to life and make some friends! Mornings will be filled with storytelling and games with Michael Saarela, followed in the afternoon with individual time where students will create their own story with Michael. There will be a final share of the original stories. See you at the Station!  


Question? Register@pipertheatre.org


Justin Brown (Director, Winter’s Tale / Midsummer) has been a teaching artist for over a decade, working to cultivate a passion for the art of theatre with both children and adults. He has worked with both incarcerated youths and reformed citizens through Prison Performing Arts, adults with disabilities promoting disability awareness with The Disability Project and children with disabilities through Variety Children’s Charity. Since moving to NYC in 2013, Justin has taught for the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services, NYC Department of Transportation, The New Collectives, and Piper Theatre Productions.

Mark A. Galinovsky (Composer, Lucky Me) is a composer, music director, accompanist, arranger, and vocal coach. Trained in classical piano from the age of 6, Mark is a three-time First Prize recipient in the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association Bay State Competition, as well as a Finalist in the American Arts Festival, earning him a performance at Carnegie Hall. He has studied in the piano studios of Helena Vesterman, Anne-Marie McDermott, Anthony De Mare, Grant Wenaus, and Dan Riddle. Off-Broadway: Cyrano (The New Group), The Lightning Thief (Theatreworks), The Extraordinary Fall of the Four-Legged Woman (Soho Playhouse/Fringe Encore Series). Regional: The Buddy Holly Story, Hair & The Producers (Forestburgh Playhouse), Little Shop of Horrors (Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe). Other organizations he has worked with include Broadway Youth Ensemble, Davenport Theatrical, Village Light Opera Group, NYMF, The Secret Theatre, and Untitled Theatre #61. Mark has a BM in Piano Performance with a minor in Producing from NYU Steinhardt, and is an MFA candidate in Music Direction at Penn State University (2020).  https://www.markgalinovsky.com/

Meredith Hackett (Director and Playwright, Lucky Me) is entering her 10th season at Piper. She has appeared on Piper’s main stage in Frankenstein, Psycho Beach Party, and Wendy Darling and Peter Pan. As one of Piper’s Educational Directors, she has adapted and directed many plays and musicals including Hair, The Hobbit, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Pippin and Beauty and the Beast.   She is excited about writing one of this year’s new musicals after the success of last year’s playwriting debut, Twelve Angry Girls. When not working with Piper, she is a kindergarten teacher at PS 118.

Megan Jonynas (Musical Director, Lucky Me & Billy Ragamatag and the Shadow Circus) has musically directed Into the Woods, Fiddler on the Roof Jr, Godspell, Hair, Music Man, Blood Brothers, Hatch, Annie, and Beauty and the Beast. She has her BM in Music Education from Ithaca College, and her MM in Music Education and MS in School Leadership from Brooklyn College. Megan has been a elementary music teacher for 20  years, 16 of them at PS139 in Ditmas Park, where she is also the Arts Coordinator.

John P. McEneny (Playwright, Billy Ragamatag and the Shadow Circus) is artistic director of  Piper Theatre Productions.  He is author of Mayla the Monkey Girl (published by Playscripts Inc.), Very Bad Girl Scouts (YOUTHplays), Grippe of October (YOUTHplays), Cold April (Best Play 2008 Strawberry Fest), Aposiopesis,  Smith & Krause’s 2013 Best Ten Minute Plays, 2013 Best Men’s Monologues,  2014 Best Women’s Monologues; Best Audition Monologues for Young Men 2016, edited by Gerald Lee Ratliff and Patrick Rainville Dorn. Seven monologues published in Smith and Krause’s 2020 Best Men’s Monologues / Best Women’s Monologues. Pollywog included in NYU Steinhardt’s New Plays for Young Audiences in 2014.   John’s 2013 adaption of Island of Doctor Moreau performed at 59E59 and Edinburgh Fringe Festival (won Bobby’s Sixth Star Award for best play.)  Also: The Puppet Children, Two Houses of Oliver Ruckenmeyr, Midnight Circus, Hydra (with Rachel Rear), Frankenstein, Maddie Splinter and the Aluminum Chair Rocket Ship, Wendy Darling and Peter Pan, Frankenstein, Boy in the Iron Mask, Splitfoot (w/ Vasile Flutur), The Lincoln Dress.  He is the drama teacher at MS 51.

Robert Parker (Composer, Billy Ragamatag and the Shadow Circus) is a composer, musician and playwright currently working in Buckingham, England. This is the 5th time that he has worked with Piper (Nocturnes 2010, King Lear 2016, Clockwork Unwound 2017, Macbeth-Paint It Black 2018).  Rob has been an educator for 30 years teaching Music, Drama and Music Technology at all levels from junior school to university and when not working can be found composing theatre soundscapes and musically directing shows for community theatre in the heart of the UK.

Michael Saarela (Director, Imagination Stations) is  an actor, director, and arts educator originally from the rolling hills of Walnut Creek, California. His  career has led him from San Francisco to Chicago to New York, and most recently to Southern California. Past Piper productions include  Anon(ymous), Pinocchio, The Two Houses of Oliver Ruckenmeyer,  and Lancelot and The Unicorn. He holds a B.A in Theatre Performance and a Masters in Educational Theatre.

Lindsey Sproul (Director, Blaze Beckett) is an educator and director now in her sixth year with Piper, having previously adapted and directed The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Goblin Tree, Pippi Longstocking, Alice, and Flash Gordon. Lindsey has also directed for professional companies in New York and Austin, including No Tea Productions, of which she is also a co-founder. She is the co-director of the feature film Space Captain: Captain of Space. Lindsey is a fourth grade teacher at PS 261.

Ryan Michele Woods ( Director, Billy Ragamatag and the Shadow Circus) has been a part of Piper since its earliest Brooklyn days, and is now the veteran teacher and show-maker on staff in the education program. Ryan has directed youth productions of  Little Shop of Horrors, Amadeus, Annie, Blood Brothers. Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler, Into the Woods, and the original musical Hatch.  She is an ELA teacher at MS 51.